Crusaders Hit On All Cylinders, Roast Eagles

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WATERTOWN, WI – Round two for the Maranatha vs. Dayspring Bible turned out much better than round one, except this time, the Crusaders flipped the switch in the second half, roasting the Eagles, in a 103-54 rout on Thursday evening, amongst an energetic crowd.

Almost a week and a half ago, Maranatha owned a spacious, 50-28 lead at halftime against the same team, yet faltered in the second half, before coming away with a 71-59 win.

That wouldn’t happen this time, as Maranatha shot 51% from the field in the first half and turned on the after-burners in the second half behind a dominant, all-around performance, that led to the team’s first 100-point game this season.

The Crusader offense didn’t truly start clicking until over midway through the first period, when junior guard Andrew McKinney (St. Charles, Iowa), grabbed the team’s first double-digit lead on a three-pointer, to bring the score to 28-18.

Then freshman guard Brady Moses (Lodi, WI) hit his brother, Tanner, in transition, for a 30-18 lead, and the shots started to fall, with consecutive three’s in the following minutes, and a 12-3 run to close out a halftime lead of 45-25, in favor of the home team.

Maranatha did nothing to ease Dayspring’s woes in the second half, hitting four three’s in a span of two minutes, three out of the four, coming from the hot hands of Brady Moses, who finished with 18 points, on 6-13 shooting from the field, and 4-8 from three-point range.

The margin continued to increase, and everything went Maranatha’s way, as evidence by plays such as a drained three by freshman David Wenthold (Geneseo, IL), after the ball bounced off a player, and into his hands.

On another occasion, McKinney missed both free throws, yet an offensive rebound after the second missed shot, was kicked back out to the junior, who made amends with a jumper, and a 68-40 lead.

Maranatha put the finishing touches on a scintillating performance, thanks in large part to the efforts of multiple players off the bench, as junior forward Jackson Miller (Marinette, WI), and freshman Adam Courtney (Guthrie Center, IA) posted 10, and 11 points, respectively.

Miller was big on the glass as well, grabbing all five of his rebounds on the offensive end of the floor en route to a 19-9 edge in second-chance points, and a huge 44-10 differential in paint points.

Cashner posted an efficient 15 points, on 7-9 shooting from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds.

Maranatha resumes play on Saturday, February 1, against Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, at 3:00 p.m.